Table describing the 1995 Idaho Wolves
Thirty-one wolves were captured in SW Alberta in December 1994. Fifteen of these were brought to central Idaho and immediately released into the wilds. Fourteen went to Yellowstone. One was accidentally killed by the operation, and one (B1) was released after finding it had a previous foot injury. I understand that B1 survived in Alberta for one or two more years.
|Name given by Idaho School Children||Assigned Number||Color||Alberta Pack||Weight at capture||Age at capture||Current Status. December 2005|
|B1||White||n/a||n/a||n/a||Had an injured leg. Was re-released in Alberta|
|B2M||Black & Gray||Obed Lake||76 pounds||4-5 years||B2 did not join a pack. After 1 1/2 years not located, he was finally found in the Boulder Mountains just above Sun Valley, Idaho in the winter of 1997-8. He had a failing radio collar. Finally in the summer of 2000 he showed up as the alpha male of the new Wildhorse Pack located in the Pioneer Mountains. He was recollared early in 2001. His pack dispersed in 2002. He died from injuries suffered attacking an elk (which he killed) in the late winter of 2004 after pairing with a new female wolf in late 2002 and forming the Castle Peak Pack. Story.|
|Akiata||B3F||Dark Gray and Black||n/a||78 pounds||2-3 years||Radio Collar long dead. Last visually observed in the Centennial Mountains. Eastern Idaho/Montana border 1998|
|Kelly||B4F||Dark Gray||Petite Lake||82 pounds||4-5 years||After one year killed by a mountain lion east of Missoula, MT|
|Moonstar Shadow||B5M||Black and Gray||Petite Lake||90 pounds||2-3 years||Alpha male Selway Pack. Still broadcasting Jan. 2003. Pack had 6 pups in 2002. Found dead in 2004.|
|Bee-Yah||B6F||Black||Oldman River||72 pounds||adult||Original alpha female Landmark Pack. Found dead of unknown cause on Middle Fork of the Salmon. 1998|
|B7M||Gray||Oldman River||60 pounds||yearling||Founder and still the alpha male of the Big Hole Pack. Seen July 2005. Bitterroot Mtns., Montana/Idaho.|
|Keea||B8M||Gray||Petite Lake||92 pounds||adult||Original alpha male Landmark Pack. Found dead of unknown cause on Middle Fork of the Salmon. 1998|
|Hinton1||B9M||Gray||Rick's Pack1||94 pounds||adult||Alpha male Chamberlain Basin Pack. Status unknown because the radio collar failed. Due to the years passed, presumed dead. However, a group of wolves was observed near the Chamberlain airstrip this November (the pack's usual territory). Among them was a big white (color of old wolves) wolf wearing a dead radio collar. The pack hasn't had any functioning collars for years. Hinton?|
|Libre||B10F||Black||Hightower Peak||87 pounds||adult||Alpha female Selway Pack. Radio collar no longer works. Status unknown.|
|Blackfire||B11F||Black||Hightower Peak||87 pounds||1-2 years||Still alpha female of the Big Hole Pack. Visual identification July 2005. Bitterroot Mountains, Montana/Idaho. 3 pups in 2002. Pack had pups in 2005.|
|B12M||Black||Hightower Peak||98 pounds||adult||Settled in Fish Creek in northern Idaho about five miles north of U.S. Highway 12, but his cut collar was found near Lolo Pass. Believed dead.|
|B13F||Gray||Obed Lake||87 pounds||1-2 years||Shot illegally two weeks after the 1995 release on Gene Hussey's Ranch|
|B14M||Gray||Robb Pack||101 pounds||adult||Became the leader of the hard luck native Boulder Pack in west central Montana in 1998, but the pack had pups in 1999 and 2000 and became a very successful pack. When the pack was recollared early in 2001, B14 was gone.|
|B15F||Gray||Robb Pack||74 pounds||yearling||Long time alpha female and founder of Kelly Creek Pack. Her mate was a disperser to Idaho from Montana's Camas Pack from way back in 1990. Her radio collar failed. Last observed summer of 2002. She was no longer alpha female.|
|B16F||Gray||Obed Lake||73 pounds||yearling||Alpha female Chamberlain Basin Pack. Radio collar failed. Status unknown, presumed dead due to the years passed.|
1. Hinton came from the same pack as famous Yellowstone wolf R10M. Hinton may be the late R10's son or brother.
2. The three Petite Lake pack wolves were of the same Alberta pack as the six wolves released in Yellowstone as the Crystal Creek Pack.
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